MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

May 22-27, 2017 for the
2nd Annual Schoolyard Garden Planting Week

Friday, March 2, 2018 for the
6th Annual Schoolyard Gardens Conference

Over 350 teachers, school administrators, school food service professionals, Master Gardeners, parents, and other school garden supporters attended this year's event and shared ideas and resources for building and sustaining school gardens. From nutrition programming to building valuable community partnerships, the conference agenda highlights practical and inspirational tools from the leading experts and educators in the state.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Why are we here, when we have absolutely no business gardening in our state?. . . .
Do you feel that your school garden is an island among itself, all alone? Rick will show you how to unite your school garden movement in your neighborhood/city/state in seven easy steps! Join Rick as he will share how Oregon became a leader in the farm to school and school garden movement, detailing how they united their State's school gardens into a mega-force.

RICK SHERMAN, Farm to School/School Garden Coordinator, Oregon Department of Education
Rick was hired by the Oregon Department of Education in 2012 as the Farm to School/School Garden coordinator after working for 32 years for a food service management company.  The last 20 of those years have been spent as a Director of Nutrition Services in Eugene, Albany and Dallas (Oregon). Rick Graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Education.  He has been a runner for almost forty years, competing at the national level in the Steeplechase, and has been a high school track and cross country coach for 20 years. Rick is a Master Gardener, loves home brewing, & riding dirt bikes.  He spends his spare time in his backyard garden and raising chickens.
This Conference featured Pigeonhole Live, an interactive platform for audience participation.

View Keynote Speaker Q&A Session Results 

SCHOOL GARDEN 101: Great for new garden programs!
Bare to Bountiful: One Year of Gardening at Gage
GAGE GARDEN TEAM, Gage Elementary School, Rochester, Minnesota
Grow it Safe! Food Safety practices for schoolyard and small-scale gardens
Annalisa Hultberg, Extension Educator, Food Safety, University of Minnesota
Crossing the Curriculum in the Garden
SUE KNOTT, Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom
Come Along- A Garden 4 Every School
GALEN ERICKSON and DAR FOSSE, Jeffers Foundation

PROGRAM SUSTAINABILITY
The Perfect Prairie Partnership
KATHRINA O'CONNELL and MARY SOFTING, Lake Park Audobon Elementary, Audobon, Minnesota
Spark-Y Sustainability Gardens: Year Round Dynamic Experiences for Youth
ZACH ROBINSON
Schoolyard Gardens: Extending the Seasons
MARY TESSMAN and JANICE SCHULZ, Hennepin County Master Gardeners
Sustaining a School Garden through Collaboration and Student "Ownership"
TIM LUTZ, Kelliher School, Superintendent and KRISTINA LOSSING, Kelliher School, Ninth Grade Student

GARDEN CONNECTIONS
Special Needs and Gardening
MICHELLE DELIKOWSKI, Genesee Lake School, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
How to Keep Kids ENGAGED in the Garden: Lessons from Experiences
with Student Gardeners

JENNIFER EBELING, Still Growing Gardening Podcast
Calling Greater Minnesota
ULI KOESTER and DEB DILLEY, Minnesota Schoolyard Garden Coalition
Building Partnerships for School Garden Success
CALLIE RECKNAGEL and KIRSTEN SAYLOR, University of Minnesota Extension SNAP-ED

CASE STUDIES
Year Round Innovating Gardening Solutions
KARA WATTUNEN, Gatewood Elementary School, Minnetonka, Minnesota
Interweaving Farm to School within the Middle School "Day"
HEALTHY NORTHLAND FARM TO SCHOOL, Duluth, Minnesota
Schoolyard Garden to Outdoor Classroom
LINDSAY AIJALA, Scott County Public Health (Statewide Health Improvement Program) and DANA SMITH, Raven Stream Elementary School
Community Supported Agriculture at West Education Center (Showcase
& Presenter)
JASON REESE and LARRAINE NAU, Minnetonka, Minnesota

HORTICULTURAL BEST PRACTICES
Power in the Garden: Ranking Pollinator Effectiveness by Behavior and Morphology
KARL FOORD, University of Minnesota- Extension
Ten Plants that Changed Minnesota: TWO HOUR WORKSHOP
MARY MEYER and DIANE NAREM, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Extend your Schoolyard Gardening with Hydroponics
LARRY CIPOLLA, Hennepin County Master Gardener
SCHOOLYARD GARDEN 201
How to Fund your School Garden Project
KRISTEN STUENKEL and DAR FOSSE
Making Connections in the Garden, Through hands-on plant Science and Nutrition
MINDY ZITTEL and ANN LUKE
They tried to bury us . . . they forgot we are SEEDS!
JULIE RAPPAPORT, SLP SEEDS, St. Louis Park, Minnesota
Overview of Legal and Policy Issues with Using Schoolyard Garden Produce
MARY W. MARROW, Public Health Law Center

*NEW*  INNOVATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING SHOWCASE
Congratulations Gatewood Elementary and Hopkins School District!

Year Round Innovating Gardening Solutions
KARA WATTUNEN, Gatewood Elementary School, Minnetonka, Minnesota
INNOVATOR GARDEN AWARD WINNER

Community Supported Agriculture at West Education Center
JASON REESE and LARRAINE NAU, Minnetonka, Minnesota
Schoolyard Garden and Master Gardener Collaborative Success Stories
DIANA STRAATE with SUSAN B. ANTHONY MIDDLE SCHOOL and ROGERS ELEMENTARY S.T.E.M. SCHOOL, ANN DYBVIG,with HOWE ELEMENTARY and LARRY CIPOLLA with BRECK UPPER SCHOOL, Extension Master Gardener School Garden Resource Group, Hennepin County
Space Obstacles at Barton Open School
ULI KOESTER, SHEILA ELDRED, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sustaining a School Garden through Collaboration and Student "Owenership"
TIM LUTZ, Kelliher Schools
Year Round Innovating Gardening Solutions *WINNER*
KARA WATTUNEN, Gatewood Elementary School, Minnetonka, Minnesota
Spark-Y Sustainability Gardens: Year Round Dynamic Experiences for Youth
ZACH ROBINSON
They Tried to Bury Us . . . They Forgot we were SEEDS!
JULIE RAPPAPORT, CURTIS WILSON
St. Louis Park District Kids Place Daycare Edible Playgrounds and St. Louis Park and Rec Edible Playground Program

A certificate of completion for continuing education contact hours will be available to participants upon completion of the day.

VIEW 2016 PRESENTATIONS
Follow the links on this page view presentations from the 2016 conference

View a slideshow of photos from the 2016 Conference


Appetite for Change
FEATURING the viral sensation
Grow Food

To learn more about the mission and work of Appetitie For Change, visit http://appetiteforchangemn.org/

For more information about schoolyard gardens
Email: ArbEdu@umn.edu
Or
mnsgcoalition@gmail.com
Visit the Minnesota Schoolyard Garden Coalition Facebook page for more information

Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.

A certificate of completion for continuing education contact hours will be available to participants upon completion of the day.

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Financial Sponsor:
Please contact Carrie Stowers at cstowers@umn.edu to discuss options and benefits for your organization.
Sponsoring Organization Guidelines

Endorse: This no-cost option shows your support by helping to promote the program to your constituents. Contact Carrie Stowers at cstowers@umn.edu to confirm your endorsement.
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SPONSORS
Minnesota Department of Education
Minnesota Department of Health
Minnesota State Horticultural Society
University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program

ENDORSING ORGANIZATIONS

Action for Healthy Kids- Minnesota
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Edina Public Schools
Harvest Moon Edible Landscapes

Houston County Master Gardeners
Jeffers Foundation

Land by Hand
Masters of Arts in Natural Sciences and Environmental Education Program at Hamiline
Midwest Food Connection

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom
Minnesota Association for Environmental Education
Minnesota Green Schools Coalition
Minnesota Department of Agriculture 
Minnesota Department of Education
Minnesota Department of Health
Pollinate Minnesota
Public Health Law Center

SLP SEEDS
University of Minnesota Monarch Lab
University of Minnesota Ramsey County Master Gardeners
USGBC-MN
Wozupi Tribal Gardens
Youth Farm

 

PREFERRED CONFERENCE ACCOMMODATIONS

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson
Chanhassen, MN

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Financial hardship assistance may be available. Please call 612-301-1210 to inquire